Speaker Date Topic
Dr Summer Gibbs Jul 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Fluorescence Image-Guided Surgery for Improved Clinical Outcomes

Surgery has a prominent role in clinical medicine with over 300 million surgeries performed annually worldwide. The ultimate goal of surgery is to repair damaged or remove diseased tissues, while minimizing comorbidities by preserving vital structures such as nerves and blood vessels. Even as surgical techniques and tools have substantially advanced, with high resolution preoperative imaging and minimally invasive surgical techniques becoming routine, surgeons still rely mainly on the basic tools of white light visualization and palpation for guidance during surgery, leaving incomplete cancer resection rates high and comorbidities like nerve damage as major problems. Fluorescence-guided surgery (FGS) has the potential to revolutionize surgery by enhancing visualization of specific tissues intraoperatively. Using optical imaging of targeted fluorescent probes, FGS offers sensitive, real-time, wide-field imaging using compact imaging systems that are easily integrated into the operating room. A number of FGS systems are clinically available, however only a handful of contrast agents have been FDA approved. Our group is working to develop clinically relevant contrast agent technology to aid in intraoperative cancer margin assessment, where we are currently focused on improving breast cancer resections. Our technology will permit accurate staining of the resected tumor specimens, where the fluorescent agents will not need to touch the patient, providing a rapid path to clinical translation. We have also developed the first nerve highlighting fluorophores that are compatible with the FGS clinical infrastructure. Nerve damage is a major source of morbidity across all surgical specialties which results in chronic neuropathies that limit patient quality of life. Since nerve tissue largely cannot be repaired, avoiding its injury is of paramount importance. Substantial pre-clinical development for both cancer margin assessment and nerve preservation has been completed, where our optimized technologies are now poised for translation to improve clinical outcomes.

Kyira Wackett, MS, LPC Jul 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Social Media Use in Teens

Kyira Wackett is an artist, public speaker and community advocate. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed therapist specializing in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma. Kyira has been speaking on topics related to mental health, authenticity and personal & professional development for over 10 years. In 2016, she founded her company, Kinda Kreative, wherein, she has focused her efforts more specifically on creating social change, empowering self exploration and cultivating opportunities for growth - both personally and professionally. In 2017, her company received an America’s Small Business Champion Award which Kyira notes she is still in shock about, but has has used to remind herself everyday about how important the work is that she is doing. 

Lyn Trainer Aug 01, 2019 12:00 PM
Aging Better. Stay at Home.

Jean, now in her mid-80s, no longer navigates steep basement stairs with an armload of laundry in her Northeast Portland home thanks to volunteers who come twice a month to assist with laundry and change her bed. When her grandson was occupied with finals, volunteers restained her deck. Even more important, by being a member of a neighborhood-based “village”, Jean has greatly expanded her network of friends close to home and looks forward to new social activities such as coffees, walks, dining out and going to movies.

We are facing a silver tsunami. Between 2010 and 2030 the number of adults over 65 will double. According to AARP, 89% of seniors prefer to stay in their homes. Most can with a little help. Through the national Village Movement, “Villages” are being created across the country to address this looming social issue.

Villages NW has brought the Village Movement to Portland. In the past 3½ years, we have grown from one Village in Southeast Portland with 30 members to 8 Villages with more than 500 members in the metropolitan area with three additional Villages in development. Lyn Trainer, a Villages NW Board member, will give an overview of the Village Movement and how it is transforming aging in our community.

Jackie Spurlock Aug 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Commissioner Susheela Jayapal Aug 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Kim Moore Aug 22, 2019 12:00 PM
Oregon Business Magazine: The Editorial Mission

What is it like to be the editor of a print magazine in the rapidly changing media landscape? Editor Kim Moore will give a talk on the editorial mission of the magazine, how she chooses stories to feature in the magazine versus online, and the business themes that drive the editorial calendar. She will also discuss what makes a good business story.

TBD Aug 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Ryan Deckert Sep 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Junior Achievement
TDB Sep 12, 2019 12:00 PM
TBD Sep 19, 2019 12:00 PM
tbd Sep 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Dr Allison Lindauer Oct 03, 2019 12:00 PM
Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center
TBD Oct 10, 2019 12:00 PM
TBD Oct 17, 2019
TBD Oct 24, 2019 12:00 PM
TBD Oct 31, 2019 12:00 PM